Metal Cutting

Material removal through cutting, turning, milling, drilling, grinding, tapping and more using machinery such as laser cutting systems, plasma cutting systems, oxyfuel cutting systems, milling machines, drill presses, lathes, horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, turning centers, multitasking machines, electrical discharge machines and other equipment assisted by Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), automation and robotics.

Welcome to the Internet of Things

On this playing field, anything that can be connected, will be connected. Those who can adapt to connecting will thrive. Those who can’t, well . . .
Experts
Automation/Robotics

What Lies Ahead in Real Time

The Holy Grail in manufacturing automation lies in machine tool monitoring and the growing impact of network communications on equipment effectiveness for manufacturers.
CAD/CAM Software

Mission Accomplished

Thanks to SolidCAM iMachining, cycle times are down 50 percent, tool life is up 40 percent, and Mico Industries is creating dies, weld fixtures and check fixtures without compromise.
Drilling Machines

Making Natural Gas Clean with a “Hole” Lot of Pressure

Using a modified HMD915 magnetic drill and Industrial Series of Rotabroach Cutters from Hougen enabled Mueller Environmental to cost-effectively develop a patented new system for cleaning natural gas.
Gear Cutting Machines

Gear Production: Higher Speed, Closer Precision

Automated threaded wheel grinding on gear production machines has now been boosted by an order of magnitude with increased machining accuracy to DIN class 3.
Grinding Machines

Gear Hobbers and Control Migration

This is the story of how Bourn & Koch upgraded its older gear hobbers to advanced CNC systems to machine large bull and cluster gears, worms, shafts, splines and pinions for the defense and aerospace, oil/gas drilling, mining, heavy equipment and power generation industries.
Honing Machines

Over a Barrel

Surface finish is the one feature of a rifle barrel that cannot be controlled in hammer forging. Now, custom rifle barrel makers are learning a trick from the makers of hammer forged barrels on how to overcome surface imperfections.
Horizontal Machining Centers

Horizontal Machining vs. Vertical Machining: Rethinking Your Operation

If the manufacturer is able to move past the sticker price and examine the dollars spent making the part, or the cost per part, a multitude of qualities can factor into the machine tool’s return on investment. Here are some reasons why a less expensive piece of equipment is not always the obvious choice.
Laser Cutting

Micromachining: No More Constraints

The latest femtosecond laser technology from Raydiance can reduce cost per part by 20 percent to 50 percent and reduce product design, prototyping and development from months to as little as 24 hours.
Lathes

Hard Thread Turning Shortens The Process Chain

High precision hard turning techniques are enjoying ever greater popularity in the metal processing industry. By shortening cycle times and increasing flexibility, high precision hard turning has advantages over grinding in particular when it comes to processing complicated parts such as spindle nuts or threaded spindles in the hard state.
Machine Controls

Guitar Hero

How CNC machining takes center stage in high-quality guitar craftsmanship.
Milling Machines

Boring Mill Fuels Energy Sector Expansion for Machine Shop

Milwaukee Machine Works expands its energy sector business into wind turbine gearbox housings, fluid end manifolds for the oil/gas industry, and other oversized components up to 10 ft long and weighing up to 7,000 lb with a new large capacity dual-pallet Giddings & Lewis MC 1600 from Fives.
Multitasking Machines

Shoot from the Hip

This orthopedics manufacturer achieves one hit machining in an automated lights-out environment using advanced turn-mill machines that take their custom implants for coated hip replacement to a whole new efficiency.
Ram EDM Machines

A Hole New Game: Precision EDM Holemaking Goes Smaller, Deeper and Faster

While hole-popper systems are quite capable of generating very small accurate holes with good surface quality, advanced EDM drilling systems dramatically increase a shop’s capability to consistently produce tiny holes that are even more accurate and with higher quality.
Software

Big Data in Manufacturing: A Compass for Growth

Big Data analytics is taking over manufacturing and providing a totally new dimension to the value of research and trend analysis. Instead of only reporting past activities, data now predicts future events, foresees risk and helps shops build and deliver not only better products, but a richer overall experience for their customers.
Vertical Machining Centers

Getting Better All the Time

The eye-opening story of how one vertical machining center renovated a small machine shop that makes prototypes and runs small batches for electronics, aerospace, glass and industrial printing applications.
Wire EDM Machines

Improving Profitability with User-Friendly EDM

The complicated nature of the work and the current labor issues facing the industry mean that more user-friendly EDM is critical for your shop operation.
Metal Cutting: Products

Lightning Fast Turning Centers

Turret indexing times are lightning fast on the Puma GT2600 from Doosan due to a servo driven non-lifting design, with a high torque motor. The new design is not only faster, it’s more reliable, with 53 percent fewer moving parts. 
The Puma GT2600, GT2600M, GT2600L and GT2600LM turning centers from Doosan apply box guideways to all axes to increase dampening and rigidity that is ideal for taking deep, powerful cuts. 

Twin Spindles with Individual Machining Zones

Tongtai MT Series has twin spindles and two individual machining areas.  The turrets and spindles are designed parallel to each other.  This design makes parts that usually need two processes to be finished on one machine. The work area on the main foundation of the lathes has two individual working areas with separate bed structures to decrease the transfer of harmonic vibration, contributing to excellent machining accuracy and high quality surface finishes.  The compact design allows for a short cutting flow from start to finish, which enhances machining rigidity and heavy cutting ability.  
Ideal for small automotive parts that are typically made within 60 seconds, Tongtai MT lathes from Absolute Machine Tools is designed for precision turning, high production volume, automatic production, and insertion into mass-production lines.

High Speed Vertical Turning Lathe for Heavy-Duty Cutting

The TUE-100 Vertical Turning Lathe utilizes a field-tested design that capitalizes on the identical ram cross section to support the railhead for increased precision. Cutting performance is improved through the two types of bearings used to support both the radial and axial loads of the table, along with the high quality cast iron bed, specifically designed for efficient chip removal.
The TUE-100 vertical turning lathe from Toshiba showcases the highest rapid rate available in its class with feed rates up to 2,000 mm/min that reduce cycle times and increase productivity.